South Korea ‘Sex for Secrets’ Scandal in Shanghai

The South Korean government is investigating allegations that South Korean diplomats at its consulate were passing along favors and secrets to a Chinese woman, who was their mistress. From BBC:

Media reports said several South Korean diplomats there passed on secrets and did favours for a Chinese woman they were each having sex with.

The affair was uncovered after a tip-off from the woman’s husband, a South Korean businessman.

In Seoul the foreign minister has apologised to parliament and promised a thorough inquiry.

The ShanghaiDaily provides more context:

The scandal was splashed across yesterday’s South Korean newspapers after the Foreign Ministry and the prime minister’s office said they were investigating at least four officials, including the former consul general.

The mass-circulation Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported that South Korean diplomats are believed to have given the woman a list of telephone numbers of top South Korean officials and politicians, including President Lee Myung-bak.

An official in the prime minister’s office said it had not yet determined whether such information had been passed or even if any of the documents were confidential.

No indication yet on how this scandal will affect South Korean-Chinese relations.

March 9, 2011, 7:20 PM
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